Friday, September 22, 2017

Transfer deadline day could be fatal for the Swans

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With clubs all around Europe trying to make last minute deals on transfer deadline day, a number of clubs could strengthen their squads before 11 PM this evening. There are a number of interesting stories doing the rounds at the minute.

One club heavily involved in transfer deadline day is Swansea City. According to Sky Sports, Swansea striker Fernando Llorente is having a medical at Tottenham ahead of a £12million move.

Losing the Spaniard would weaken the Swans attacking options. However, it seems that former Swans striker Wilfried Bony is heading to Wales in a deal worth £12million. The Ivory Coast star is on his way to Wales for his medical.

Swansea have also sealed a loan deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches. The Portuguese youngster is one of the hottest young midfielders in Europe, so signing him could be something of a coup for the Swans.

Lost their two biggest goal threats

The summer transfer window has not been a great one for Swansea. The Welsh side have already sold star playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for £45million, while last season’s top scorer Llorente looks set for the exit.

Swansea will have lost their two biggest goal threats from last season. Without the pair, the Welsh side would have been in big trouble. Players of the calibre of Llorente and Sigurdsson do not turn up at mid-to-bottom half Premier League clubs very often.

The fact that the pair are joining or have joined teams considered top-six contenders, shows just what the Swans will be missing for the rest of the season.

Signings are gambles

The signings of Sanches and Bony will be a gamble for the Swans for different reasons. Sanches is highly rated, but the youngster has struggled to make an impact at German giants Bayern Munich since a reported 35million euro move from Benfica last summer.

The move came on the back of Sanches helping his national team to glory at Euro 2016. The 20-year-old displayed flashes of his talent during the tournament. However, the midfielder had been attracting interest from Europe’s top clubs since his breakthrough campaign in his homeland.

No doubt, the youngster has talent. The problem is that he is a very young player and has struggled for game time in Munich, so he has not played a lot of first-team football in the last year. His lack of playing time in Bavaria is understandable considering the amount of talent at the German giants.

The youngster may also need time to adapt to the English game. He is still very much learning the game and developing.

Bony has also struggled for first team football since leaving Swansea back in January 2016. The striker struggled for first-team football at Manchester City before moving to Stoke on loan last summer.

The striker then struggled to play for the Potters. His career was in limbo this summer and a move this summer looked very likely. His struggles for football in the last 18 months are a major concern for Swansea.

However, one positive for the Swans is that Bony was highly successful in his first spell in south Wales. The Welsh side will be hoping he can rediscover his scoring touch for Paul Clement’s side.

Survival a priority this season

The Swans two new signings are gambles. They have also made a mixed start to their Premier League campaign so far, picking up four points from their first three top-flight games.

Everybody at the Welsh club will see surviving the drop as the priority this season. The Welsh side have been in the relegation battle for the last few seasons and are now odds of 2/1 to suffer relegation this season.

Paul Clement seems to be a very solid boss. However, losing Llorente and Sigurdsson in one window could be highly damaging and potentially fatal for the Swans hopes of Premier League survival.

How much of a loss will Llorente be for Swansea?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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